Imperial Valley College

380 E. Aten Road
Imperial, CA 92251-0158
Tel: (760)352-8320
  • The mission of Imperial Valley College is to foster excellence in education that challenges students of every background to develop their intellect, character, and abilities; to assist students in achieving their educational and career goals; and to be responsive to the greater community.
School Highlights
  • Imperial Valley College serves 8,135 students (49% of students are full-time).
  • The college's student:teacher ratio of 39:1 is lower than the state community college average of 44:1.
  • Minority enrollment is 97% of the student body (majority Hispanic), which is more than the state average of 68%.
  • Imperial Valley College is the only community colleges within Imperial County, CA.
  • The nearest community college is Arizona Western College (59.40 miles away).

School Overview

  • The teacher population of 209 teachers has declined by 27% over five years.
Imperial Valley College(CA) Community College Avg.
Institution LevelAt least 2 but less than 4 yearsAt least 2 but less than 4 years
Institution ControlPublicPublic
Total Faculty209 staff92 staff
Imperial Valley College Total Faculty (2007-2016)

Student Body

  • The student population of 8,135 has stayed relatively flat over five years.
  • The student:teacher ratio of 39:1 has increased from 29:1 over five years.
  • The school's diversity score of 0.17 is less than the state average of 0.73. The school's diversity has grown by 54% over five years.
Total Enrollment8,135 students7,516 students
Imperial Valley College Total Enrollment (2007-2016)
Student : Teacher Ratio39:144:1
Imperial Valley College Student Staff Ratio (2007-2016)
# Full-Time Students3,955 students1,613 students
Imperial Valley College Full-Time Students (2007-2016)
# Part-Time Students4,180 students5,903 students
Imperial Valley College Part-Time Students (2007-2016)
Imperial Valley College Enrollment Breakdown CA All Enrollment Breakdown
% Asian
Imperial Valley College Asian (2007-2016)
% Hispanic
Imperial Valley College Hispanic (2007-2016)
% Black
Imperial Valley College Black (2007-2013)
% White
Imperial Valley College White (2007-2016)
% Hawaiian
Imperial Valley College Hawaiian (2009-2013)
% Unknown races
Imperial Valley College Ethnicity Breakdown CA All Ethnic Groups Ethnicity Breakdown
Diversity ScoreThe chance that two students selected at random would be members of a different ethnic group. Scored from 0 to 1, a diversity score closer to 1 indicates a more diverse student body.0.170.73
Imperial Valley College Diversity Score (2007-2016)
College Completion Rate
Imperial Valley College Completion Rates for First-Time, Full-Time Students (2007-2015)
Average Graduate Earnings (10 Years)$29,500$34,900
Imperial Valley College Average and Median Earnings, Disaggregated by Student Subgroups (2008-2013)

Finances and Admission

  • The public in-state tuition of $1,365 is less than the state average of $1,636. The in-state tuition has grown by 31% over four years.
  • The public out-state tuition of $7,525 is more than the state average of $6,797. The out-state tuition has stayed relatively flat over four years.
In-State Tuition Fees$1,365$1,636
Imperial Valley College In-State Tuition Fees (2007-2016)
Out-State Tuition Fees$7,525$6,797
Imperial Valley College Out-State Tuition Fees (2007-2016)
% Students Receiving Some Financial Aid87%78%
Imperial Valley College % Students Receiving Some Financial Aid (2007-2016)
Median Debt for Graduates-$9,500
Median Debt for Dropouts-$5,500
Source: 2016 (or latest year available) IPEDS

School Notes

  • Imperial Valley College is part of the Imperial Community College District. Its boundaries encompass seven high school districts that serve Imperial County residents. The high school districts are Calexico Unified, Central Union, Holtville Unified, Imperial Unified, Brawley Union, Calipatria Unified and San Pasqual Unified. The original Imperial Valley College main campus, which opened in September 1962, consisted of library, science laboratories, fine arts rooms, student activities building, academic classrooms, administration and faculty offices, social science rooms, physical education shower and locker rooms, and agricultural education classrooms and shop. The Imperial Valley College campus is located on a 160-acre site at the intersection of Highway 111 and Aten Road, in Imperial, California. This location is in the heart of Imperial County and is within reasonable commuting distance of all of the cities in the Valley. There are also extended campus centers in the cities of El Centro, Brawley and Calexico. In order to meet its educational mandate, Imperial Valley College offers 900 different courses in 56 areas of study ranging from Administration of Justice to Welding Technology. The Western Association of Schools and Colleges reaccredited Imperial Valley College in 2001 for a period of six years. As one of the 71 community college districts in California, its educational mission, as defined in the state master plan for higher education and by statute, is to provide lower division transfer education, vocational and career education, and basic skills education to prepare students to succeed in college.

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Did You Know?
For California public community colleges, the average tuition is approximately $1,636 per year for in-state students and $6,797 for out-of-state students. For private community colleges, the average yearly tuition is approximately $18,802 per year. Read more about average community college tuition costs across the country.

The average community college acceptance rate in California is 83%. Read more about national community college acceptance rates.

California community colleges have a diversity scoreThe chance that two students selected at random would be members of a different ethnic group. Scored from 0 to 1, a diversity score closer to 1 indicates a more diverse student body. of 0.73, which is higher than the national average of 0.67. The most diverse community college in California is Berkeley City College. Read more about community college diversity statistics in the USA.